Indonesian capital extends state of emergency as Covid-19 cases rises

Indonesia's Red Cross personnel wearing protective suits spray disinfectant on the road to prevent the spread of the coronavirus outbreak in Jakarta, on Sunday (March 29). - Reuters

JAKARTA: The Indonesian capital of Jakarta has extended its state of emergency as the number of Covid-19 cases has surged across the country, local media reported on Sunday (March 29).

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan announced that a two-week extension of the status until April 19, a move aiming at slowing down the spread of the virus.

The state of emergency status was first imposed on March 20 and was expected to end on April 5, according to the city administration.

"The state of emergency in Jakarta was prolonged from the initial end of April 5 to April 19," he said.

Jakarta has been hit the hardest by the virus outbreak in the country.

A total of 675 cases have been found in Jakarta, Achmad Yurianto, the government's spokesman for the novel coronavirus-related matters, said on Sunday, adding that the Covid-19 virus has killed 114 people across Indonesia and infected 1,285 others.

To pave the way for efforts to overcome the outbreak, the government has recruited 5,816 people from medical and non-medical sectors with most of them from Jakarta, the Head of the Community for Mitigating Disaster in Indonesia, Dandi Prasetia, said on Sunday.

Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua has closed its airports, sea ports and land borders for 14 days to prevent the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, airline company AirAsia Indonesia plans to suspend flights across the country, commencing on Wednesday (April 1), and will end on April 21 for domestic flights and May 17 for international flights. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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